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God Speaks to Us

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Biblical Hermeneutics


Edited By Ralf K. Wüstenberg and Jens Zimmermann

Bonhoeffer was convinced that God spoke to his people through the Bible. How did a theologian of his caliber, who was well acquainted with the historical-critical interpretation of the scriptures, justify such a claim, and how did he apply this conviction to his daily challenges as theologian, pastor and political dissident during the Nazi regime? This book presents the attempts by a group of international Bonhoeffer scholars to answer some of these questions. By approaching Bonhoeffer’s theology from a number of different hermeneutical angles, the contributions in this volume cast new light both on his more general hermeneutical framework and on specific theological and political issues concerning his reading of the Bible. The essays underline Bonhoeffer’s contemporary relevance for the current resurgence of theological interpretation and for postmodern discussions about the interpretive nature of truth.


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Editors of International Bonhoeffer Interpretations


Stephen Plant is Dean and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and teaches theology and ethics in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. He has edited the journal Theology since 2008 and is the author and editor of several books on 20th century theology, including Bonhoeffer. Continuum 2004; The SPCK Introduction to Simone Weil. SPCK 2007 and Taking Stock of Bonhoeffer. Ashgate, 2013. His current research interest is theology and inter- national development. He is a Priest of the Church of England. Christiane Tietz is Professor for Systematic Theology at the University of Mainz. She taught at the Universities of Tübingen, Heidelberg and at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and was Member in Resi- dence at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, in 2007/08. She is the President of the International Bonhoeffer Society (German Section) and is on the Editorial Board of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Yearbook. Ralf K. Wüstenberg is Professor for systematic and historic Theology at Flensburg University. He taught at different Universities including Heidel- berg University, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and Freie Universität Berlin. He is on the Board of the International Bonhoeffer So- ciety (German Section), and is author of several books including A Theology of Life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Religionless Christianity. Wm. B. Eerdmans 1998. Jens Zimmermann is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Culture and Interpretation at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. He has published extensively on continental philoso- phy (Heidegger, Levinas, and Gadamer), literary theory...

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